Irish Navy rescued more than 8500 people in the Mediterranean this year
A serious amount of work this year...
The Irish Navy has revealed that in 2015, they rescued more than 8,500 from the Mediterranean Sea.
Both the Naval Service and the Coast guard have had extremely busy years according to data released today.
Three Irish ships, the LÉ Eithne, the LÉ Niamh, and the LÉ Samuel Beckett were deployed to the Mediterranean to deal with the humanitarian crisis, where migrants crossing the sea in dinghies necessitated in policing the sea.
In total they rescued 8,631 people over the course of their trips and they also recovered 39 bodies alongside the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
The Naval Service, on behalf of the Special Forces, received the People of the Year Award for the mission in the Mediterranean in 2015.
Main image via The Naval Service.